Anaheim Ducks Lose To Edmonton, Extend Losing Streak To Five Games

The Ducks have lost five straight contests.

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Oilers 4, Ducks 2: Anaheim Loses Fourth Straight Game

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves, helping Edmonton snap several losing streaks with a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers entered the game on a six-game skid, and had lost eight of their last nine overall. They also had dropped their last five games against the Ducks, but Hemsky's tally was the difference after Edmonton blew a two-goal lead.

Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner also scored for the Oilers, while Dustin Penner added two assists. Bobby Ryan and Saku Koivu scored 22 seconds apart for the Ducks, whose losing streak reached five games. Jonas Hiller allowed three goals on 25 shots.

Past the midway point of the third period, the Oilers brought the puck up-ice on a rush. Penner drifted a pass to Hemsky on the right side of the ice, and Hemsky used his speed to put a wrister past Hiller with 6:31 left. Dubnyk made eight saves in the period to seal the victory, and Tom Gilbert was credited with an empty-net score in the final minute.

Dubnyk had to make 19 saves in a scoreless first period, while Hiller needed to stop only four. Gagner got Edmonton on the board shortly into the second, after a faceoff in the left circle. Hemsky skated behind the net with the puck and stopped there for a moment, then shot a pass out front on the left side. Gagner stood there waiting and one-timed the puck in at 6:48.

Less than two minutes later, the Oilers pressed on a 3-on-2 rush. Hall skated on the left wing of the attack and accepted a pass from Ryan Whitney near the circle. He uncorked a shot that appeared to deflect off the stick of a Ducks defenseman before getting by Hiller. But the 2-0 lead vanished later in the period. With Anaheim on the power play, Cam Fowler blasted a shot from the left point and Ryan managed to get his stick on it in the slot. The sharp re-direct beat Dubnyk with 3:27 left.

The Ducks were back on the attack after the re-start, and Jason Blake chased down the puck behind the goal line. Blake sent the puck to Dan Sexton on the right side, and Sexton's cross-crease pass was deflected by an Oilers player before getting to Koivu by the left post. Koivu couldn't handle the puck at first, but gained control and scored on a backhander to even the game.

Edmonton took its first win in Anaheim since March 27, 2009...Whitney increased his team-best point total to 17, all of which are assists...Hiller is 0-3-1 in his last four starts.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.


Ducks Trade Syvret, Bordson To Flyers For Maroon, Laliberte

Before tonight's game at Honda Center against the Edmonton Oilers, the Anaheim Ducks have made a trade. The Ducks traded defensemen Danny Syvret and center Rob Bordson to the Philadelphia Flyers for left wing Pat Maroon and right wing David Laliberte. The club made the announcement today.

Maroon was drafted by Philadelphia in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, and has yet to make his NHL debut. The 22-year old St. Louis native had five goals and three assists in nine games with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL this season. Laliberte, 24, played in 11 games last season with the Flyers, tallying two goals and as assist. He has two goals and six assists in 18 games with Adirondack this season.

The 25-year old Syvret appeared in six games for the Ducks this season, scoring a goal and an assist. Bordson, 22, had a goal and two assists in 15 games with Syracuse this season, his first year with the Crunch.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.


Ducks Vs. Oilers: Anaheim Looks For Sixth Straight Win Over Edmonton

(Sports Network) - Even a return to the Honda Center couldn't prevent the Anaheim Ducks from posting their longest losing streak of the season. A visit from the Edmonton Oilers, though, could prevent that slide from going any further. The Ducks try to post their sixth straight win over the visiting Oilers this evening.

After recording a sixth consecutive victory with a home win over Dallas on Nov. 12, Anaheim lost three straight on the road; all three by just one goal and two past regulation. The Ducks then dropped their fourth straight one-goal game on Friday, a 4-3 setback to the Blue Jackets on the Honda Center that ended their five-game home winning streak.

Bobby Ryan, Saku Koivu and Corey Perry each lit the lamp for Anaheim, which fell to 7-2-1 at home this season. Teemu Selanne had an assist, his 22nd point of the season, but left the game with a sore groin and is day-to-day. The forward did not practice on Saturday and is questionable for this game. Jonas Hiller stopped 25 shots in defeat, which came despite a season-high 50 shots on net.

"We got the start we wanted and we just couldn't get another one past [Columbus goalie Steve Mason]," Getzlaf said. "Our focus has to be to play a full 60 minutes. We had a little lapse in the second period there and it ended up costing us." Anaheim hasn't lost five straight since March 3-12 and is riding a five-game win streak over Edmonton that includes a 20-9 scoring edge in last year's four-game series. The Ducks have lost six of their last 10 at home to the Oilers though.

Hiller is 5-1-0 with a 2.29 goals-against average in his career versus the Oilers, who come into this game on their second six-game losing streak (0-4-2) of the season. Edmonton, which hasn't dropped seven in a row since a 13-game slide from Dec. 31-Jan. 30 of last season, scored the first three goals in their meeting with Phoenix on Friday, but ended up losing a 4-3 decision in a shootout.

Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Dustin Penner tallied for the Oilers and Devan Dubnyk made 39 saves while allowing the game-tying goal with just 35 seconds left in regulation. "It's definitely disappointing," Horcoff said. "We worked pretty hard tonight and we did a lot of things well and just came up short." Dubnyk figures to get the bulk of the starts while Nikolai Khabibulin is out with a groin injury and has never before faced the Ducks.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.


Teemu Selanne Day-To-Day; Sexton, McMillan Recalled From Syracuse

Teemu Selanne injured his groin in Anaheim's loss last night to Columbus, and as a result might miss Sunday's game against Edmonton Oilers. The team announced Selanne is listed as day-to-day. In addition, the Ducks have recalled right wing Dan Sexton and left wing Brandon McMillan from the Syracuse Crunch today, assigning right wing Kyle Palmieri to Syracuse, the club announced today.

Selanne, who turned 40 years old in July, has scored 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 22 games this season. If he misses Sunday's game, he would get a full six days off, as the Ducks don't play again until Friday night.

Sexton, who missed several games with a broken nose earlier this season while with the Ducks, played in seven games with Anaheim earlier this season. Sexton had two goals and three assists in four games with the Crunch.

McMillan, who was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft, had four goals and two assists in 16 games for Syracuse this season. The 20-year old has yet to make his major league debut. Palmieri scored one goal in 10 games with the Ducks this year. The 19-year old Palmieri has seven goals and two assists with Syracuse this season.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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